Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi), Istanbul
(4.2/5 based on 420+ reviews on the web)
Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi) showcases Islamic art including textiles, tiles, and ethnographic dioramas, spanning from the 8th to the 20th centuries. Its striking stone building dates back to 1524; over the course of its history it has served as a house, prison, and clothing factory. Here you'll see one of the greatest collections of carpets in the world. Tour the exhibits to find vivid frescoes and mosaics, carved and inlaid wood pieces, and colorful porcelain objects. Learn how Turks have lived from numerous ethnological dioramas, from the time of nomads to the present day. The museum also has an unmatched overlook of the Blue Mosque and its surroundings. Make Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi) a part of your Istanbul vacation plans using our Istanbul tourist route planner.
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  • Visited this museum solely to visit the famous Palace of Ibrahim Pasha. The exhibits themselves are not very interesting.
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  • I wonder after restoration this construct music is incredibly exciting. Moreover, this beautifully landscaped Museum as being a separate encounter with pleasure. I love it. Exhibited works are especially stunning manuscripts. Not necessarily ... navigate.
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  • I spent five full days in Istanbul and the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum was probably the most underwhelming portion of my trip. The pieces were not that interesting and it was a bit sparse. I think...  more »
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  • Museum is rather small and has some bigger collection of manuscripts and carpets. If you are interested in caligraphy it will be good to visit. Otherwise it did not leave a great impression. However even though the collection itself is small I liked the way it was set up with information about the history period it is from and some historical facts/maps. All information is available in english.
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  • Gives a nice overview of the Turkish and Islam history. Good for an hour of culture.
  • This museum can be a little underwhelming, if you visit other main attractions in Istanbul first. Very nice manuscripts and interesting artifacts, but somehow missing a wow factor. Worth 30-45 minutes, especially if you have the Istanbul Museum Pass.
  • This is a very interesting museum; which holds immense history of the Ottoman Empire. This is highly assisted by various artefacts whether they be paintings; calligraphy; poetry or sacred relics. A must visit if you are in the Sultan Ahmet District. Even if you are not a great history fan, when you are in such environments and have an opportunity to learn, you will be interested...no better place to learn then this place!